'Without Leaving Traces': feature film based on a real case of political violence premieres in Brazil

On display starting this Thursday (24), the Polish film addresses the story of a student who was tortured and ended up dying;

Scene from the feature film. Credit: Imovision/reproduction

Internationally acclaimed, the feature "without leaving a trace" hits Brazilian theaters this week, distributed by imovision. Directed by Jan P. Matuszyński, the Polish feature premiered this Thursday (24) and promises to impact the public with a narrative based on events that occurred in 1983, during the dictatorship that was installed in the country during that period.

In addition to being guided by real events, the feature film is freely adapted from the book "Leave No Traces, the case of Grzegorz Przemyk", by Cezary Łazarewicz. To this end, the screenplay was written by Kajto Krawczyk-Wnuk.

"One of the essential choices in adapting the book was to restrict myself to just the events of 1983 and 1984. Because, at the end of the day, Łazarewicz describes a huge story that would easily fill three seasons of a television series. happened after the first trial could be interpreted as a dramatic redundancy", explains the director.

Throughout its 160 minutes, the film follows the real case of a young political activist who was tortured and ended up dying. Thus, the story of the thriller begins with the events that occurred on May 3, 1983, when Barbara Sadowska, a poet widely known by the regime, is attacked by the police in the Church of Saint Martin in Warsaw, while participating in an action in support of the families of imprisoned opponents. The policemen break one of her fingers and threaten her with reprisals against her son, Grzegorz Przemyk.

Scene from the feature film. Credit: Imovision/reproduction

On May 12, he is stopped by the police ("citizen militia" in Polish), on Castle Square in Warsaw, while celebrating with friends the end of the first high school exams. As he did not have his documents, Grzegorz was taken to the police station, where three police officers brutalized him. He died of his injuries on May 14, three days short of his 19th birthday.

Despite being tragic, the story marked the resistance to the repressive political movement of the time. That's because the Grzegorz Przemyk case motivated many people without manifesting. Thus, the funeral of Grzegorz Przemyk became the first major demonstration against the authorities at the time since the imposition of martial law, which took place in 1980. Since then, a wave of indignation at the brutality of the militia has swept the country.

With technical quality and relevant plot, "Without Leaving Traces" started to be acclaimed abroad. So much so that the film became Poland's representative in the dispute for the Oscar for Best International Film of 2022. And more: the feature is part of the Official Selection of the Venice Film Festival – in competition.

To bring the narrative to life, a strong cast was part of the production: omasz Ziętek, Sandra Korzeniak, Jacek Braciak, Agnieszka Grochowska, Mateusz Górski, Robert Więckiewicz, Aleksandra Konieczna, Adam Bobik and Tomasz Kot.

After impacting audiences around the world, "Sem Leaving Rastros" can now be seen by Brazilians. To find out where to watch, viewers just need to consult the schedules of local cinemas. It should also be noted that the film has all Brazilian distribution signed by Imovision, which has the "Reserva Imovision" platform, aimed at cult and independent productions.


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